EU and UK climate policy is extremely broad. Fathom’s challenge was to identify the most salient parts and relate these to the client’s interests.
First, we took the wide perspective, comparing the UK and EU’s stance with what was happening elsewhere and finding that in a global context Europe was taking the lead on many issues, such as a potential carbon border tax. We looked closely at the EU’s Green Deal and its related impact assessments, and the climate-related elements of COVID-19 stimulus programmes.
We analysed numerous data for the UK and all EU member states and created an original dataset measuring the extent to which individual EU countries would ‘feel’ it if they meet the bloc’s updated emission-reduction pledges. (We did this by comparing the change in greenhouse gas emissions per capita in recent decades to the changes in the same that would be required to meet the bloc’s goals.)